Labour Calls for McBride to Go

Grassroots comments on LabourHome suggest that Labour activists would be happy to see the back of Damian McBride.

Charles Clarke calls for McBride to be sacked.

Derek Draper has admitted that Mcbride told him what to write in order to contrive a smear of Iain Dale and Guido on his “independent” website – something he lied about to Iain and live on the Daily Politics when we debated.  Fancy that, Derek Draper is a self-confessed liar.

Deconstructing the Downing Street Spin

Damian McPoisonDowning Street is trying to downplay this as a “blog story” knowing that journalists and the public won’t be so interested in another online spat. 

That attempt to spin the story away has failed, because everyone realises that it is in reality a story from the heart of Downing Street.

Downing Street’s press office has been trying to get prominent Labour  supporting bloggers into the studios to do rebuttal.  So far they have been unable to find someone credible to defend the indefensible.  It is also Downing Street that is quite deliberately hyping the Derek Draper angle – clearly he is disposable – but it cannot be emphasised enough that he is not the only recipent of these smears ideas.  Other well known spin doctors from the Brown camp are involved.

They have two objectives – to keep Gordon out of the story and save Tom Watson MP.   It is probably already too late for Damian.   Where is the Minister for Digital Engagement today?  What was his exact role in the smear operation?  He is referred to in  Damian McBride’s emails, he sits next to McPoison in Downing Street, and he of course is notorious for his use of the dark arts.  He also was involved with Sion Simon in a previous cringe making online attack video on Cameron that backfired badlyhe has previous.

The smears are not  of the usual rough and tumble  of politics – they are obscene and sexually explicit – Guido spoke to Nadine Dorries MP last night, she told Guido that she will be consulting lawyers on Tuesday.  Can the Prime Minister’s official Political and Press Adviser, a civil servant, survive losing a case for defamation to an opposition MP?

If Gordon Brown keeps Damian McPoison in place, he is condoning his behaviour, again.  Where have they hidden Gordon’s moral compass?  It certainly isn’t anywhere to be seen in Downing Street.

McBride Spinning for His Career

SmokescreenDamian McBride is desperately trying to throw a smokescreen up tonight with a planted frontpage story in the Telegraph which downplays what he has been up to.  Andrew Porter, the Telegraph’s lobby correspondent, is Damian McBride’s  regular drinking companion and tame mouthpiece, so it is no surprise whatsoever to Guido that the Telegraph is being used by Downing Street for damage limitation.

The Telegraph implies that Guido has sold the story to the Sunday newspapers – that is completely untrue – Downing Street tried that same line against the Home Office whistleblower.  They are also trying to make out that the story is just about Damian McBride sending gossipy emails to his pal Derek Draper.  Utter lies.

Damian McPoisonDamian McBride did however in fact write the LabourList article for Draper to use to smear Guido and he also did the same for smears against Iain Dale.   Draper merely cut and pasted them on to his “independent” site.   That is just a relatively minor aspect of the bigger story, but it is how Guido came to learn more of the full story.  The Telegraph doesn’t have a fraction of the facts – laughably they don’t even name McBride in their story – they really should have given him the byline.

Downing Street under Gordon Brown has been particularly vicious in smearing opponents.  Other well known Labour insiders besides Damian McBride – including a government minister – are involved in the operation.  Guido has hard evidence that Tory MPs have been smeared, and that a particularly vicious concerted smear operation was mounted against George Osborne, smears that Damian McBride – a civil servant – knows and admits in writing are untrue, yet he was still instrumental in spreading.  Some well known lobby journalists have knowingly gone along with it.  This is a lot bigger than some minor bloggers spat.

Downing Street are deliberately trying to make out that this is just another round in the Draper v Guido battle – that is why the Telegraph have slanted their story in the way they have.  It isn’t.  It is about a poisonous long term smear operation based in the heart of Downing Street and run by the prime minister’s press and political adviser, Damian McBride.  Names will be named and shamed…

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UPDATE : The BBC have an anonymous Downing Street source claiming that no-one else in Downing Street besides Damian knew about all this – simply not true and contradicted by the evidence.

Brown's Bunker is Getting Ready for a Dirty Campaign

Tom Watson is the MP who led the plotters putsch that was the prelude to getting rid of Blair – his reward is to now be ensconced in Downing Street.  There he spends his time briefing,  with a breathtaking level of mendacity,  against any who dare to threaten Brown.  He is intensely proud of his reputation as a loyalist enforcer.  If only he knew that Tory strategists cheerfully toast Watson’s name in thanks for his part in getting rid of the thrice-election-winning Blair and replacing him with the voter repelling Brown.

Watson also had a hand in the brutal briefing against Stephen Carter, who was brought in to bring some light into the bunker after the disastrous election that never was debacle.  The dark arts were wielded against Carter and he was successfully turfed out of Downing Street within a year by the jealous old guard in the Brown bunker.

Watson is now the Minister for Digital Engagement – he is a Twitterer and blogger too.  It is from his blog we learn that he has been reading Mudslingers: The Twenty-five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time. The blurb says “the political historian who is intrigued by the down right nasty will be interested in Mudslingers” – that would be Watson alright.

Dirty CampaignIf you want an indication of what kind of electoral strategy they are planning in the Brown bunker, here is clear evidence.  The general election is going to make Crewe and Nantwich look like a schoolgirl’s playground fight.  They are intent on a dirty, smear filled, personalised, negative, divisive political campaign that will reach a new low in British politics.  Look at the people who are at the heart of the Brown bunker – brutal, malevolent, mendacious unpleasant-to-the-core people like Tom Watson, Ian Austin, Nick Brown and Damian McBride.  They have no coherent positive strategy, they only have political poison to offer.  It won’t work…

He Who Lives By the Smear…

Damian McPoison

Dear Damian McBride,

To DMcBride@xxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk
CC foiteam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.gsi.gov.uk

Dear Damian,

This is a Subject Access Request made under the provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998).

Please provide me with copies of all emails referring to either myself or my publication, “the Guido Fawkes Blog”.  In particular, but not exclusively, the analysis provided by you to Derek Draper on the afternoon of Friday 13, February 2009.

I have copied this to the Cabinet Office Freedom of Information Unit.  If you require payment of a fee please advise by return.

I do not need to remind you that it would would be a criminal offence to destroy the information requested.

Yours etc.

Spice Up Your Wife

haliwell-downing-streetOur ending-celebrity-culture Prime Mentalist had Gerri Halliwell visiting Downing Street this week.  Not sure what the Spice Girl was doing, perhaps she was advising Sarah on push up bras or maybe Gordon on monetary policy.  Both equally as likely.

haliwell

Marina Hyde’s Lost in Showbiz Blog* is excellent on the subject.  It is from her that Guido learns that Geri said “I love talking about poo and wee”.  Aha, it all becomes clear…

*Years ago in the infancy of this blog a number of stories and jokes got recycled in Marina’s Guardian Diary without attribution.  A heated exchange of emails followed and the recycling stopped. Note Guido’s careful attribution.

Knives are Out for Harman

Harriet is protesting that she is loyal and loudly asking “who is briefing against me?” The Brownies of course – that is their stock in trade. A little snippet appears in the FT under Sue Cameron’s byline – though the original author is undoubtedly a Brown henchman.

Harriet Harman (now there’s a woman who knows how to frighten the horses) will be introducing her equalities bill next month. Word is that she has asked her officials to ensure that there are some disabled people in the Commons gallery when the bill is launched, adding: “And it would help if some of them were black.”

That is a perfect example of the kind of poison so often dripped by Damian McBride. Detailed, probably true and obtained by one of his press officer snouts to damage Harman. Expect a lot more of that sort of thing if she keeps make leadership signals.

Gordon’s Other Eye in Downing Street

Jeremy Clarkson has apologised for mocking Gordon Brown’s appearance – note he did not apologise for calling him an idiot. So the matter is closed says a Downing Street spokesman.

Guido can’t help wondering if the person who chose to hang David Austen’s “Green Electric Morning – Eye” picture from the National Art Collection on the wall in Downing Street might also be having a laugh.

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Another Downing Street Aide Quits

Ben Brogan reports that Gordon Brown’s newly appointed “Strategic Communications Adviser” Nick Stace has lasted nine months. That long, eh?

He is off to Australia to get as far away as possible from the Prime Mentalist to take up a new job.[…] Read the rest

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Something that the Lobby Didn’t Tell You

The gentlemen of the Lobby have kept pretty schtum about the drink fuelled circumstances of the Ruth Kelly briefing by Damian McBride at at 3 a.m during Labour Party conference. Danny Finkelstein is alluding to it indirectly.

Guido understands that the PM’s Spokesman had a bottle of beer in his hand during the briefing.[…] Read the rest

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Maguire and McBride Plotting Over Pints

Tucked away in a dark corner of the Westminster Arms yesterday evening Guido spied the Mirror’s political editor and the PM’s infamous spin doctor self-medicating. McSnide looked very rough. The Ollie Reed of blogging is no position to criticise, but Damian really looks like he has been hitting it hard.[…] Read the rest

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Downing Street is Running Out of Rats

Another rat is leaving the sinking Downing Street ship.  Paul Sinclair, formerly Wee Dougie Alexander’s SpAd before becoming the Prime Mentalist’s Scottish spin doctor, is jumping ship ahead of the Glenrothes by-election.  He is off to spin at Hill & Knowlton according to Paul Waugh.  […] Read the rest

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Wilf Helping With the Re-Launch

Bill Jamieson reports that the former head of the Smith Institute, Wilf Stevonson, is working in the Downing Street bunker on the “economic recovery plan“.  With Ed Balls and Shriti Vadera completing the dream team of wonks.  That would explain why it is going so well…
The worst wonk in Westminster, plus Balls (famous for his endogenous growth theory) and Shriti – the financial genius who designed the tube’s disastrous financing package – are just the brains to get us out of the no growth, over-taxed, rising stagflation hole the economy is in.  
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Carter Out of the Bonkers Bunker?

The Indy’s Jane Merrick is reporting “that Stephen Carter, Mr Brown’s high-profile strategist, is to leave his job after a bitter turf war inside Downing Street. The public relations guru’s move to a lower-key role is a victory for the Prime Minister’s long-serving advisers….”

Guido is cautious about the story because it smacks of wishful thinking by some in the Brown bunker, Carter and Muir have not been sugar-coating the dire focus group feedback.

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Downing Street Website Fails To Meet Government Guidelines

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